No less than 101 parcels of cocaine concealed in eight children’s duvets have been intercepted by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Ikeja, Lagos.
The illicit drug was brought into the country by a 52-year-old Brazilian returnee, Akudirinwa Hilary Uchenna who hails from the Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State. He was arrested on Saturday 9th April at the D-Arrival Hall of the Lagos airport upon his return from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Doha aboard a Qatar Airline flight, while the 101 parcels of the class A drug with a gross weight of 13.2 kilograms were recovered from his only check-in bag.
A statement by Femi Babafemi, the Agency’s Director, Media and Advocacy said during a preliminary interview, Uchenna, who claimed to be a carpenter, confessed that he was to be paid N5 Million for trafficking the drug after successfully delivering the consignment in Lagos.
In a related development, big pellets of skunks concealed in detergent containers have been intercepted at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA) Enugu. A 37-year-old South African returnee, Ezekwesili Afamefune brought in the consignment weighing 730grams aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Johannesburg, South Africa via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ezekwesili is from Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
In Edo State, a 24-year-old drug dealer, Christian John was arrested by NDLEA operatives in Egbeta, Ovia North East LGA for selling assorted illicit drugs which include sachets of drugged Milo beverage, cannabis sativa, swinol and tramadol tablets, while in Zamfara State, one Chibuzor Uba, (30) was arrested on Friday 8th April with 1,955 ampules of pentazocine at Kaura Namoda area of Zamfara State.
A cross-border drug trafficker, Stanley Chibuzor, (21) was on Friday 8th April arrested by officers of the Marine Unit of NDLEA stationed at Oron beach, Oron, Akwa Ibom State. The suspect who hails from Ihiala, Anambra State was nabbed with 11,190 tablets of Tramadol during the outward clearance of passengers travelling to Cameroon.
In Ondo State, a drug dealer who produces and sells slushies, Oluwaseun Agboola (25) was arrested on Thursday 7th April, at his Igoba, Second Gate, Akure residence where 73 bottles of scrunchies weighing 77kg were stocked in his kitchen were recovered. Skuchies are usually a mixture of Tramadol, Cannabis sativa, Codeine, Black Currant (popularly called Zobo) and water.
In Lagos, an early morning raid in the notorious Akala, Mushin area of the state on Saturday 9th April led to the seizure of 746.25 kilograms of cannabis.